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NYPD Reaches Out To Muslim Community During Ramadan

WNYC radio recently ran a piece on the NYPD’s outreach to Muslims during the month of Ramadan that also featured an interview with Detective Ahmed Nasser, president of the NYPD’s Muslim Officers Society(MOS).  Some of you might remember him from the Newsweek Cover Story on Islam in America that we did a couple of years ago.  He’s in the bottom left hand corner.

You can check out the entire interview on WNYC’s homepage by clicking here

Detective Nasser and the MOS represent a few thousand Muslims that find themselves in the ranks of the New York City Police Department.   I’ve been working there as a Chaplain since April of 2007 and it’s been a really interesting and beneficial experience for me to say the least, alhamdulillah.   I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with very amazing and unique individuals mashallah who every day are striving in their own personal ways to help a broader American Society understand Islam a little bit better.    Stories and experiences like that of Detective Nasser’s are not only important for us to read and hear, but also important for us to share.  Please do pass on to your own networks and friends.


Response To Barack Obama’s Ramadan Message

I was interviewed by CNN about a week ago in regards to the message President Obama put out for Ramadan.  I know its a little late in going up 🙂  you can check it out below


Ramdan Survival Guide: I Am Not A Cow

I was asked by Elan Magazine to do a three-part piece for Ramadan.  My first piece went up today online and is excerpted below.  You can check out the entire piece by clicking here

elan’s Ramadan Survival Guide: I Am Not a Cow

By Imam Khalid Latif
August 24, 2009

In honor of Ramadan 2009, elan presents a three-part series reflecting on how young Muslims can approach the holy month from Imam Khalid Latif. Imam Khalid is the Executive Director of The Islamic Center at New York University (NYU), and one of the most notable and influential young Muslims in the United States.

I think that the month of Ramadan is about honesty.

In this judgmental world of ours, it’s unfortunately easy for one to find a Muslim who is critical of another Muslim’s lifestyle.  Even more unfortunate, it’s easy for us to respond to those criticisms quite mechanically by saying “You don’t know what my intentions are,” and then walking away, more annoyed than advised, but not ever really productively asking ourselves what our intentions were.

During Ramadan, we get to see who we in fact really are.  It becomes ingrained in the psyche of every Muslim that from the first day of Ramadan through the last, it’s just you taking on yourself.  But for whatever reason, it’s not ingrained within us that the opportunity to understand ourselves a little bit better is there for the taking.

What sets human beings apart from other creatures in this world is our intellect – those animals whose lives revolve solely around eating, drinking, and having sex.  But do we really use our conscious mind as best as we can?  Or do habits run our lives?

This Ramadan, we should try to understand a little bit better our own respective habits and then take on those that we deem are not good for us.  When dissecting a habit, it’s important to make note of a few things.

Primarily, one would want to identify the habit itself.  Anything from nail-biting to backbiting, eating unhealthy foods to not eating at all, sleep deprivation to sleeping through Fajr, the list could go on and on.  But breaking a habit entails acknowledging that it exists.

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ICNYU Ramadan 1430 Announcement off of credible local moonsightings throughout the country, The Islamic Center at NYU, in conjunction with various masajid and organizations in the New York City area and across the country, will be observing Saturday, August 22nd, as the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan.

We will begin hosting iftar dinners starting this Monday night at sundown inshallah, August 24th, and will carry on through the end of Ramadan.  Please note that we will not be hosting iftar at the Islamic Center this Saturday or Sunday.

Dinners will be held at our facility in the basement level of St. Joseph’s church located at 371 Sixth Avenue, New York , NY 10014 (at the corner of 6th avenue and Washington Place).   Directions can be found on our website at

Taraweeh prayers will not be offered on campus. There are many masajid in the area that offer taraweeh prayers, including Medina Masjid on 11th street and 1st Avenue as well as the 96th street masjid that is located on 96th between 2nd and 3rd avenue.  For those who are interested in attending taraweeh prayers, a group will be going from NYU inshallah in the evening following iftar.

At this time it is also important to keep in mind that the different opinions that exist in regards to the start and end times of the Islamic months are all valid according to Shari’ah and supported by respectable scholars with evidence.  We should not let this become a point of contention within the community.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

On behalf of the Islamic Center at NYU, Ramadan Mubarak wa Ramadan Kareem wa Kullu A’am wa Antum bi Khayr.  May Allah accept from all of us during this blessed month of Ramadan.  Ameen.

Who is doing the thinking

My name is Khalid Latif. I work as the Executive Director and Chaplain for the Islamic Center at New York University as well as a Chaplain for the NYPD, New York City Police Department.

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